8 things we loved about the London Motorcycle Show

The London Motorcycle Show is an event The Bike Insurer looks forward to every year. Why? Because it’s packed with like-minded motorcycling enthusiasts, dare devil stunts, new bike releases and talks from motorbiking legends. There really is something for everyone and no two years are ever the same.

Here’s our favourite moments from the 2018 event:

The Thunderdrome

Motorbikes racing in the Thunderdrome

Included in the ticket price was the thrilling ‘Thunderdrome’. Visitors to previous events will have seen the flat track event before, but this year organisers added a 45-degree banking inspired by the boardtrack racers of the 1900’s.

Competing in the main event were some big-name stars, including King of the Jungle and Motorcycling legend Carl Fogarty, James Whitham, Chris Walker, Neil Hodgson, Richard Cooper, Lee Jackson and Ruben Xaus.

Trials ace Steve Colley was also in the Thunderdrome to perform his jaw-dropping, gravity defying stunt show – a perfect warm up for the racing!

Motorbikes riding the Thunderdrome

MotoGP Icons Display

Nine of the most successful and influential Grand Prix machines were on display for the first ever time:

1979 Barry Sheene Suzuki XR27
1983 Honda RS500
1994 Kevin Schwantz Suzuki RGV500 XR84
1992 Wayne Rainey YZR500 OWE0
2000 Kenny Roberts Junior RGV500 XRB0
2003 Loris Capirossi Ducati Desmosedici GP3
2003 Valentino Rossi Honda RC211V
2004 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1
2017 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V

Moto GP bikes

Built Display

The Built Magazine team were back, bigger and better than ever to showcase the best of custom, cafe racer, tracker, scrambler and bobber bikes.

Built motorbike

John McGuinness – ‘The Early Years’

The legend that is John McGuinness took to the stage to talk about his early years from birth to 1999, with a background of family and race photos illustrating his inspiring journey from boy to legend.

John McGuinness talking on stage

John McGuinness’ display of trophies and memorabilia

Visitors to the show not only got to listen to John reminiscing about his early biking days, they also got to see his impressive collection of memorabilia, including leathers, trophies and bikes.

John McGuinness's racing jacket

Harley Davidson Battle of the Kings display

We got to see the five custom kings that made the cut in Harley Davidson’s custom ‘Battle of the Kings’ competition.

Motorbikes in a row

The winner was carefully chosen by a panel of guest judges, but for us, this was our favourite:

Green Harley motorbike

Ed March’s Honda C90

We at the Bike Insurer have always been admirers and lovers of the Honda C90. We even compete once a year in the annual Plop Enduro, so it was all too easy for us to add the 30 year old C90 of Ed March to our list of favourites. Fun fact – Ed March rode this cub around the world after being inspired by watching an episode of Top Gear.

Motorcycle with basket

The Adventure Village

Explorer Nathan Millward, famous for riding his postman’s bike all the way from Australia to the UK, took to the adventure stage to bring together some of the world’s most interesting and unique two-wheeled explorers.

Adventure stage

See you all at the next one!